The UFC 226 is the seventh pay-per-view event of 2018, and it’s one the most highly-anticipated fight cards in the longest time.
This UFC card features some exciting fights that we all can’t wait to see. Even though Holloway has recently been withdrawn from the card due to a health issue, there’s no stopping all the fighters.
Current light-heavyweight champion, Cormier, will attempt to become the second man in history to hold two belts simultaneously. That’s if he defeats the greatest heavyweight champ in history, Miocic.
This card is one of the best and probably most intriguing match-ups in the recent UFC cards. Miocic puts his title on the line as he fights Cormier, who returned to heavyweight for the first time in four years.
But before we witness the most epic cards of the year, here are some things you need to know about Miocic and Cormier.
Stipe “The Silencer” Miocic – the heavyweight champ
This heavyweight champ’s fighting skills are sky high! In fact, he has a win-loss record of 18-2 where he knocked out his opponents in 14 of them.
Now, the Ohio-born talent is up for another ground-and-pound bout against a fellow victor, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in Las Vegas.
While the defender wants to be one of the greatest MMA stars of all time, his challenger wants to create history by simultaneously owning two division belts.
Stipe’s significant strike average is at 4.75 punches landed per minute. His jab accuracy rate is 51.9%, and his defence strength reaches a high of 63. 49%.
Daniel “DC” Cormier – UFC light heavyweight champion
Cormier is trying to put his name on history by being one of the celebrated MMA fighters to hold two division belts simultaneously. DC (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is currently the UFC light heavyweight champion. The American mixed martial artist and ex-olympian boasts a 20-1-0, 1NC record in the league.
The Louisiana-native tasted his lone defeat at the expense of Jon Jones in 2015 at the UFC 182 via a unanimous decision.
But, one of the glaring parts of his stats was his nine knockouts from his overall 20 victories. He is returning to his previous division where he has a 13-0 record, challenging 3-time UFC heavyweight champion Miocic for the belt.
A win against the heavyweight champ this weekend will solidify his status as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Miocic vs Cormier Heavyweight Title Superfight
UFC has gathered some of the most exciting cards in the UFC 226, and the “super fight” between Miocic and Cormier is definitely one for the books.
Miocic has successfully defended his belt three times, with Ngannou being the most recent. This record established Miocic as arguably the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport. However, Cormier isn’t impressed that the heavyweight champ wasn’t able to finish his Ngannou on the ground.
Meanwhile, Miocic says he’s a hundred per cent confident of carrying his championship belt until his retirement, and he won’t let Cormier ruin the plan.
The upcoming UFC 226 fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Headlining the bout, Cormier vs Miocic main card is available on pay-per-view, following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Watch this interesting video about the lives of the heavyweight title fighters:
The UFC 226 Lineup:
Main Card (10 p.m. ET, PPV)
Stipe Miocic (-265) vs Daniel Cormier (+205) – heavyweight championship fight
Derrick Lewis (+290) vs Francis Ngannou (-380) – heavyweight
Michael Chiesa (-160) vs Anthony Pettis (+130) – lightweight
Gokhan Saki (-145) vs Khalil Rountree (+115) – light heavyweight
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET, FS1)
Uriah Hall (+325) vs Paulo Henrique Costa (-450) – middleweight
Paul Felder (-150) vs Mike Perry (+120) – welterweight
Raphael Assuncao (-175) vs Rob Font (+145) – bantamweight
Max Griffin (+140) vs Curtis Millender (-170) – welterweight
Preliminary Card (6:30 p.m. ET, Fight Pass)
Daniel Hooker (-130) vs Gilbert Burns (+100) – lightweight
Drakkar Klose (+145) vs Lando Vannata (-175) – lightweight
Jamie Moyle (-230) vs Emily Whitmire (+180) – women’s strawweight